Shopping festival is hoped to become a fixture of Portsmouth’s year

Klaus Scharf cooking German sausages on the German BBQ stall at the Portsmouth Shopping Festival. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-379)
Klaus Scharf cooking German sausages on the German BBQ stall at the Portsmouth Shopping Festival. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-379)
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Portsmouth Shopping Festival draws to a close this weekend.

And there are high hopes the inaugural event will become the first of many.

142733_FOOD_FESTIVAL_20/9/14''Pawela Alaiw scooking crepes on the Crepes stall. ''Portsmouth Shopping Festival in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-394) PPP-140920-140203001

142733_FOOD_FESTIVAL_20/9/14''Pawela Alaiw scooking crepes on the Crepes stall. ''Portsmouth Shopping Festival in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-394) PPP-140920-140203001

Organiser Jane Wilson, destination brand manager for Portsmouth City Council’s city development and cultural services, said she hopes the event will become a fixture in Portsmouth’s shopping calendar.

She said: ‘This event has been really good for some of the businesses involved.

‘I have popped into some of the shopping areas taking part and they have said how many people have been coming in.

‘Some of the shops have had children go in as part of the Sherlock trail around the shopping areas. We have put up big posters around the shopping areas in the city with clues on.

142733_FOOD_FESTIVAL_20/9/14''Imane Benabdelouahed on the sweet stall. ''Portsmouth Shopping Festival in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-409) PPP-140920-140213001

142733_FOOD_FESTIVAL_20/9/14''Imane Benabdelouahed on the sweet stall. ''Portsmouth Shopping Festival in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-409) PPP-140920-140213001

‘Children have been going in with their parents and buying things, or taking pictures of things they want to save up for.

‘They have also been going into attractions such as museums owned by the city council, which gives those places more footfall, too.’

Shops and venues including Hawkins Bazaar in the Cascades Centre, Aspex Gallery in Old Portsmouth and Spinnaker Tower have been part of the 10-stop trail, celebrating the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The lord mayor, Councillor Steven Wylie, will pick the winner of the trail on Saturday at 2pm.

142733_FOOD_FESTIVAL_20/9/14''Portsmouth Shopping Festival in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-412) PPP-140920-140223001

142733_FOOD_FESTIVAL_20/9/14''Portsmouth Shopping Festival in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142733-412) PPP-140920-140223001

Among the prizes are a Belle Isle meal every month for a year, tickets to the Spinnaker Tower and a ladies bike.

This weekend, the Funky Town Festival will help celebrate the end of the two-week event, where street theatre and carnival art will come alive, promising mythical and earthly delights.

They include a 30ft long fire and smoke breathing dragon in Guildhall Square fuelled by the steel pan playing of Dragon Heart Beat, and with interpretive dance from a local group.

The African Gandini Jugglers will also be performing routines with the sounds of Ethiopia.

The Bonkers Balloon Show, fresh from shows at Shakespeare’s London Globe Theatre, will be turning the art of balloon modelling into a fast-paced show for all ages.

The Busking Music Showdown will bring some of Portsmouth and the region’s finest buskers as they compete for prize money and the Portsmouth Top Pigeon Trophy, provided by local artist, Los Dave.

New Theatre Royal will also be taking part, presenting a group of mature movers to the Guildhall.

To find out more, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.